New country guidance decision on DR Congo due

A new country guidance case on DR Congo is currently being heard in the courts.  The case will look at the risk on return to foreign national offenders, ‘failed’ asylum seekers and “low level sur place political activism”. The hearing began on 2 March 2015 and has been adjourned – more evidence will be heard […]

Country guidance decision: Pakistani Christians

Just before Christmas, the Upper Tribunal issued the Country Guidance decision on asylum claims by Pakistani Christians. Country guidance cases Country guidance cases/decisions are asylum appeals chosen (before a decision is made) by the immigration tribunal to give legal guidance for a particular country, or a particular group of people in a particular country. The […]

Legal aid guidance on exceptional cases ruled unlawful

The UK government (and the Home Office responsible for operating its asylum and immigration policies) did not have a good week in the Court of Appeal this week (week beginning 15 December 2014). In two separate parts of the asylum and immigration system, the Court ruled that the guidance or operation was unlawful.  On 16 […]

Representing yourself at the Upper-tier Tribunal

This blog post looks at appealing First-tier Tribunal refusals in asylum and immigration cases at the Upper-tier Tribunal. It does not address judicial reviews (most of which are heard at the Upper-tier Tribunal in asylum/immigration cases). See the Toolkit for more information on judicial reviews – we are in the process of updating our Toolkit, […]

High Court’s DFT Order is toothless but perhaps predictable

Post by Right to Remain volunteer, Jacqueline Farmer. On 9 July we celebrated the victory of our friends at Detention Action over immigration detention when the High Court ruled that the Detained Fast Track system was being operated unlawfully. Although previous judgments had been critical of the DFT system, this case was significant as it […]

LGBTI asylum claims – the difference, stigma, shame, harm model

Since the landmark 2010 Supreme Court judgment in which it was ruled the Home Office could not tell LGBTI asylum-seekers that they could go back to their country of origin and ‘live discreetly’, the Home Office has shifted its tactics in refusing asylum claims. As has been reported in the media, Home Office interviewers frequently […]

A (partial) victory against Detained Fast Track – Border Criminologies blog

This blog post is from the Border Criminologies blog. Based at the University of Oxford, Border Criminologies brings together academics, practitioners and those who have experienced border control from around the world. Showcasing original research from a range of perspectives, they aim to better understand the effect of border control and to explore alternatives. Guest […]

Understanding case law

It’s difficult enough understanding a court judgment in your own case or for someone you know, and understanding important case law is even tricker.  Other case law – country guidance cases, or important cases that set out the right procedure or application of legal principles or policies – may have important implications in your case or a case […]

Legal support, not legal advice

With government cuts to legal aid and the many obstacles to obtaining good-quality, free legal advice, it is more important than ever that non-lawyers understand the asylum and immigration system, and people seeking right to remain understand their own case. While there is no replacement for specialised legal advice, the reality is that more and […]